The University of California school system has taken a stand against advocacy efforts on behalf of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement within its classrooms. The BDS movement seeks to solely boycott the Jewish State, Israel, and encourage a complete disassociation with the democratic and free country. Reports J Weekly:
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Zionist Organization of America and 10 other Jewish advocacy groups are applauding a letter from a high-ranking University of California official that they say protects the well-being of Jewish students.
The letter to U.C. chancellors from provost Aimée Dorr, executive vice president for academic affairs, affirms that university policy prohibits graduate student instructors from using the classroom to support a cause such as the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS).
In her letter, Dorr, the provost, explicitly encouraged UC chancellors to prohibit professors from abusing their classrooms as opportunities to encourage boycotts of Israel:
Dorr, on behalf of Napolitano, wrote in her letter to the chancellors that U.C. policies prohibit an academic student employee (ASE) from using his or her instructional positions to promote political propaganda or advocacy, including the promotion of a boycott of Israel.
Dorr noted that in recent weeks “we have received over a hundred emails” expressing concern about ASEs bringing their political advocacy into classrooms. Her letter cited a U.C. Regents policy on course conduct and noted that “the ASE contract requires ASEs to observe university rules and regulations.”
In recent years many university professors have become directly involved in planning and organizing divestment efforts.